Photos by Marie Alden (American University), Student Correspondent for CET Brazil. We went to Salvador da Bahia, a city in the Northeast of Brazil. We took a three hour plane ride to get here. This city used to be the capital of Brazil and where the city that received the most slaves throughout Brazilian history. Now the city is rich with African history and this can be seen in most of the cuisine around the city. Sunset in Salvador Here is a photo of thousands of ribbons tied to a railing that are from the catholic and Candomblé religions in Bahia. These ribbons are meant to represent good luck and fortune and are sometimes worn on the wrist or ankle of a person or tied to railings or other objects around the cities. The person is meant to tie the ribbons with three knots and make a wish on the last knot. When the ribbon becomes untied, the wish will come true. Mine hasn’t fallen off yet! Mainly these ribbons are just meant to represent good health and fortune for the person who ties it. Palm trees in Bahia Back in São Paulo, my friend and I visited the Botanical Gardens. This is a beautiful oasis in the city that is perfect for a recharge day, which I certainly need sometimes to get away from the city and smog. The next trip we went on was to Paraty. This city is located in the state of Rio de Janeiro. We stayed for just three days and it rained the entire trip! It was still beautiful and we visited four islands on a boat. My sandal tan in Paraty…still have that ribbon on my ankle! Taking a break from the rain and eating lunch on an island. Although it was raining like crazy, we still managed to explore the colonial city of Paraty. The buildings are beautiful and mostly white and the streets are all cobblestone. The next day we went swimming in two waterfalls! Here is my friend Katie on the left and me on the right. The water was freezing! Here is a picture of Katie in the water. I promise I went swimming too!! Me and my Brazilian and American roommates (best apartment ever). Back in São Paulo. Here is a photo of some of my favorite treats in Brazil. Pão de queijo (bread with cheese) is a doughy, cheesy pastry that is enjoyed with coffee for breakfast or any time of the day. The other is a cake or bolo with guava or goiabada, a sweet made from guava fruit. The cake base is corn. Trust me, they’re delicious.